Off the coast of South Carolina, two artisan fishermen are using environmentally responsible methods to catch this delicious, flaky fish. These fisherman have mastered the use of low impact, hydraulic reels to catch the bottom dweller and are committed to good environmental stewardship.
One of the fishermen articulates his commitment this way: “I’ve been fishing since I was 14 in these waters. I want my son to be able to fish in these waters. That’s what sustainability means to me. It’s that simple.”
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Named because of its penchant for swimming in deep waters— often around abandoned shipwrecks— wreckfish is a notoriously difficult fish to catch. Fishing equipment consists of single weighted lines with no more than a handful of circle hooks baited with squid. Difficult as it may be to catch, the results are well worth it. Furthermore, this artisan method of fishing protects the environment.